Perhaps the long hyped “paperless” office will come to pass as sales of hardcopy printers fell in the second quarter of this year.
But that is just a really big “perhaps”, because the market is still worth $13.2 billion worldwide, according to IDC figures.
And in some markets, such as the US and Canada, the market is growing by 3.6 percent and 5.8 percent respectively.
High end peripherals which bash out more than 45 pages per minute had a double digit growth in the quarter. IDC said the 45-69ppm monochrome printer sector grew in the second quarter by 17.3 percent.
The 70-90ppm colour segment showed a healthy 72.9 percent growth.
Inkjet printers still sell more than laserjets with a 58.7 percent share.
HP is in number one position, followed by Canon, Epson, Samsung and Brother.
Although Apple has not said exactly how well its watch has done since its debut, it said today it will introduce the gadget in seven more countries on the 26th of June.
But Jeff Williams, a senior VP at Apple, said: “The response to Apple Watch has surpassed our expectations in every way.”
He said the machine will be introduced in Italy, Mexico, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland and Taiwan at the end of the month.
Williams said: “We’re also making great progress with the backlog of Apple Watch orders. All orders placed through May, with the sole exception of Apple Watch 42 mm Space Black Stainless Steel with Space Black Link Bracelet, will ship to customers within two weeks.”
He said that it will also begin selling some models in its Apple stores, although he did not specify exactly which models and which stores.
He said that there have already been thousands of apps created for the unit.
In 1975 pundits were telling us we’d all soon be working in a paperless office but 40 years on that just isn’t the case.
And although the worldwide hardcopy market fell slightly in the first quarter of this year, the industry still managed to ship 25.8 million units, a decline of 2.5 percent compared to the same quarter last year.
IDC said inkjet still rules the roost compared to laser printers, but it’s in some laser segments that vendors are seeing growth.
Here are the top vendors in the quarter.
Colour laser printers increased by two percent in the quarter while monochrome lasers fell by 3.1 percent. The best segment in that category is the 11 to 20 pages per minute (PPM) market and HP sold loads of Laserjet Pro M476 MFP (multifunction printers) in the quarter.
The next IDC chart shows how the printer versus MFP sectors compared in the quarter.
People in the US are spending more dough than ever on PC accessories, peripherals and software than PCs according to the latest annual Beyond-the-Box survey by International Data Corporation (IDC).
For every single buck spent on a PC in 2009, buyers are spending $1.05 at the very least on accessories and peripherals. In 2008 accessory spending was just $0.87 per dollar. Spending has been largely focused on security and anti-spam software, but there’s been a continued line on hardware enhancements like graphics cards, memory and storage.
As well as real people, small businesses with less than 100 employees in the States are spending a ton on cash on peripherals and software. The total was $2.7 billion, which makes up almost a quarter (24 percent) of the average computer shopping budget.
The report shows that PC users have been moving towards services based on the web, with cloud-based activities on the rise, while productivity-based activities are apparently not so important to the average consumer now. IDC reckons that, while a lot of companies are rolling with the trend, manufacturers, vendors and distributors “must do a better job” of understanding segmentation and user behaviour to maintain and increase competitive positions.
Logitech has kindly posted us an Anywhere Mouse MX, a wireless little number that boasts it can be used on pretty much any surface. Does it work, and is it any good? Let’s take a look:
It looks like a hand grenade straight out of Star Wars which is cool. It’s tiny and fits easily into your hand with all the buttons placed where they should be. The Anywhere MX is really light to hold too, making it useful for gaming. We trialled it with Left 4 Dead 2 and it proved helpful in swivelling around and chopping off a zombie’s face with relative ease.
There are six buttons in total on the mouse, your standard left and right buttons, two thumb ‘back’ and ‘forward’ buttons on the left hand side and a button to open your tabbed windows easily plonked right underneath the clickable scroll wheel. The wheel really lets the rest of the device down, feeling quite alien on the finger. If you’ve got big farmers hands like a certain TechEye reviewer, your fat finger bounces off the bottom of the scroll wheel every time you use it. It feels like being poked by a tiny pin each time.
The Anywhere MX runs on two standard AA batteries and promises to run for a while. When the mouse isn’t in use it goes to sleep, not to mention there’s a power slide on its underbelly to switch off when you’re not mousing around.
When installing your mouse you’ll see that the MX is shipped with Logitech’s unifying technology, which means you can use other wireless kit with the mouse should you want to – there’s space for up to 6.
The mouse’s main appeal, though, is that it works on most surfaces. Logitech has called the laser tracking tech onboard Darkfield, fitting nicely with the slightly sinister appearance of the device. We were skeptical before having a go, but it seems the claim is true to a point. While it struggled with sandpaper and simply refused to work at all at the bottom of a full sink, it managed glass surfaces which other mouses often find tricky. We even had a go on a bit of carpet and it worked fine.
Overall it’s a highly portable and stylish little thing, let down slightly by an uncomfortable scroll wheel. But that’s nitpicking. In the end, the technology is cool, it’s a nice mouse and it does work on all sorts – but it is hard to justify lightening your wallet by way of seventy quid.
Update: it’s retailing at the moment for up to £50.00 on Amazon.co.uk.